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The Large Bathers, c. 1896-1898

Paul Cézanne
French, 1839 - 1906
transfer crayon lithograph in black with watercolour on laid paper
Printed by Auguste Clot
48.8 x 64 cm; image: 41.9 x 51.7 cm
Purchased 1970
National Gallery of Canada (no. 16605)

A third album of artist prints planned by Vollard, to include the "Large Bathers", was abandoned after the first two ventures proved unprofitable. Vollard nevertheless published the print independently. It is based upon a painting of 1875-1876. In the print Cézanne retained his earlier style of discreet placement of figures and solid outline of forms, although the handling of overlapping areas of transparent colour reflects his interests of the 1890s. This work is actually a maquette prepared by the artist in watercolour over an impression of the black and white lithograph, intended as a guide to be followed by the printer.

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